The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff Shaara completed his father's Civil War trilogy with Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, and went on to earn acclaim as an author of historical novels that document and dramatize the events that formed the foundation of our country.
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Date of Birth:
February 21, 1952
Place of Birth:
New Brunswick, New Jersey
B.S. in Criminology, Florida State University, 1974
The American Library Association's William Young Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for Gods and Generals, 1996
Jeff Shaara's official web site
|A Battlefield Blueprint|
|Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground|
The richly researched, powerfully rendered Civil War novels of Shaara and his late father, Michael, have added new depth to our understanding of the War Between the States. This work, the bounty of an extended labor of love, provides a vivid historical and practical guide to ten major Civil War battlefield sites.
|Shaara on War|
|In an interview with his publisher, Shaara explained what it is about war that fascinates him and informs his work: "It is a tragic coincidence that throughout our history, it is war that brings out those traits most admired. It's not the war story that interests me. What draws me to these events and times are the characters, the individuals who share one common trait. In all of my books, the key figures are ordinary men and women who rise to meet the particular challenge of their time."|
|Family History||Shaara's Inspirations|
|The Killer Angels|
Shaara credits the legacy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning father's landmark book with inspiring him to become an author. As he explained in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, "the success of this book after my father's death created an opportunity for me to continue the story he began."
|The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Other Writings|
In our interview with Shaara, he talked about his favorite books, calling all of them "magnificent examinations of the lives, times and personalities of key characters in our history as a nation." Among his favorites, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, and the collection of letters between John and Abigal Adams.